The Power of Children: Making a Difference

How children can teach us about overcoming obstacles.

The Power of Children: Making a Difference shares the extraordinary stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White—three children whose lives teach us about overcoming obstacles to make a positive difference in the world. This exhibit encourages children and families to explore issues of isolation, fear, and prejudice throughout 20th-century history and today. The material in this exhibit is serious in nature and recommended for children ages 8+ and their families, and for school groups.

Through audio-visual presentations, original artifacts, and hands-on interactives, visitors will get to know each child’s story. Immersive environments bring visitors into the spaces where each child felt safe: the Secret Annex where Anne Frank and her family spent two years in hiding; the first-grade classroom in which Ruby Bridges spent an entire school year alone with her teacher Mrs. Henry; and Ryan White’s bedroom, filled with things he treasured.

Anne’s Story
Nearly every schoolchild knows the story of Anne Frank; her diary is required reading in many schools. Through her writing, we have a first-person account of a Jewish girl’s experience of the Holocaust: the fear, the hiding, the thoughts of a better future. The power of Anne’s words continues to reach millions of children and families. Through the exhibit, visitors can explore Anne Frank’s world and wisdom, while learning how everyone can make a difference with the power of words.

Ruby’s Story
The year Ruby Bridges was born, the U.S. Supreme Court charted a new course for the nation in Brown v. Board of Education, ruling that segregation of African American students in public schools was inherently unequal. Six years later, Ruby herself put a personal face on this momentous decision when she was among the first black students to integrate the white school system in New Orleans in 1960. The Power of Children tells the story of Ruby and the pioneering role she played in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

Ryan’s Story
In the early 1980s, reports of a new disease called AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) terrified the nation. Even after facts became available about how AIDS is spread, fear and misinformation were rampant. Ryan White, a teenager who contracted AIDS through medication for his hemophilia, was expelled from his school due to his condition. His fight to return to school and live a normal life made him famous around the world. The exhibit shows how Ryan chose to speak up for his rights and dedicated himself to educating the world about AIDS and its victims. Ryan became one of the country’s foremost spokespersons on behalf of his fellow sufferers, and the power of his voice continues to resonate today in classrooms throughout the world.

Most of us will never face the extreme prejudice and hatred that Anne, Ruby, and Ryan encountered, but many of us have experienced discrimination and bullying at some time in our lives. The Power of Children encourages children and their families to reflect on the significance of these three stories and the brave actions of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White, helping to put these experiences in perspective and inspiring visitors to bring about positive change in the world.

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The Power of Children: Making a Difference is touring from April 2015 through March 2019. Dates are subject to change; please call for current availability.

This exhibition is fully booked. Please inquire about being added to its waiting list.

Contact: or (800) 473-3872, ext. 208

  • April 27–July 11, 2015 Fort Morgan Museum
    Fort Morgan, CO
  • July 15–August 11, 2015 Children's Museum
    Indianapolis, IN
  • September 1–October 20, 2015 Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
    Buford, GA
  • November 10, 2015–January 7, 2016 Southwestern Adventist University
    Keene, TX
  • January 28–March 16, 2016 Alpharetta Yeargin Art Museum
    Houston, TX
  • April 6–May 25, 2016 Museum of the Mississippi Delta
    Greenwood, MS
  • June 16–August 11, 2016 Ouachita Public Library
    Monroe, LA
  • September 1–October 20, 2016 Cheshire Children's Museum
    Keene, NH
  • November 10, 2016–January 7, 2017 West Florida Historic Preservation Inc.
    Pensacola, FL
  • January 28–March 16, 2017 Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
    Moorhead, MN
  • April 6–May 25, 2017 Louisiana's Old State Capitol
    Baton Rouge, LA
  • June 16–August 11, 2017 Refurbishment
    Kansas City, MO
  • September 1–October 20, 2017 Edmond Historical Society & Museum
    Edmond, OK
  • November 10, 2017–January 7, 2018 Springs Preserve
    Las Vegas, NV
  • January 28–March 16, 2018 Wakashie Museum & Cultural Center
    Worland, WY
  • April 6–May 25, 2018 Upcountry History Museum
    Greenville, SC
  • June 16–August 11, 2018 Historic Charlton Park
    Hastings, MI
  • September 1–October 20, 2018 Lake Jackson Historical Museum
    Lake Jackson, TX
  • November 10, 2018–January 7, 2019 National Afro-American History Museum
    Wilberforce, OH
  • January 28–March 16, 2019 Ypsilanti District Library
    Ypsilanti, MI
  • April 6–May 25, 2019 Russell Library for Political Research & Studies
    Athens, GA
  • June 16–August 11, 2019 North Museum of Natural History and Science
    Lancaster, PA
  • September 1–October 20, 2019 Elmhurst History Museum
    Elmhurst, IL
  • November 10, 2019–January 7, 2020 Museum of Work & Culture
    Woonsocket, RI
  • February 10–April 1, 2020 Dorothy G. Page Museum
    Wasilla, AK

Exhibition Details & Specifications

  • Curated By


  • Organized By

    The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance
  • Content

    The exhibition will feature several freestanding units focused on thematic areas; a collection of objects, artifacts, photographs, and paper ephemera; audio/video features; interactives, semi-immersive environment settings; and wall-mounted banners and graphics.

  • Duration

    7-week display

  • Rental Fee


  • Grant

    All hosting venues are eligible for a $1,000 Educational and Public Programming grant.

  • Support

    On-site support is free to the opening venue for every new NEH on the Road exhibition and to first-time hosting venues on a limited basis.

  • Shipping:

    Each exhibitor is responsible for the first $1,000 of the outgoing shipping fee to the next venue; NEH on the Road covers the remainder.

  • Security


  • Square Feet


  • Number of Crates/Total Weight

    25 crates/8989 pounds

  • Insurance

    The exhibition is fully insured by NEH on the Road at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.